It’s not everyday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reach out to you with a proposal but George The Poet is one of the lucky ones.
The activist, poet and presenter made an appearance on the royal couple’s new Spotify podcast, Archewell Audio, in December alongside the likes of Sir Elton John, James Corden and Tyler Perry.
In the first episode, George shared a fond memory of how his family were brought together during the coronavirus pandemic while being forced to connect virtually.
However, he also had another special message for listeners, announcing at the time of the recording that he was planning to propose to his longtime partner Sandra Makumbi.
Of course, Sandra said ‘yes’ after the most romantic proposal and Harry and Meghan are heard congratulating the couple on the podcast.
‘Believe us when we say above all else, love wins,’ Meghan tells the newly-engaged couple.
Recalling the moment he was invited onto the episode, George told Metro.co.uk to mark Nokia’s Panels of Positivity campaign: ‘They messaged me and said, “It would be really great to have you involved in this”, and they said some really kind words and things that made sense and I’ve got so much love for them.
‘They’re more than a celebrity couple, they’re more than a power couple. They’re good people.’
George got down on one knee and proposed to Sandra in December at London’s Hotel Cafe Royal.
‘I was nervous. There was months of anticipation, it really came together in a beautiful way and I’m really thankful to everyone involved,’ the lyricist said.
George and Sandra are the epitome of young Black love, something which is noticeably missing in representation across media in the UK.
However, the activist is hopeful that things are changing as he explained: ‘I do think in our generation, it comes back to communication and visibility, it’s important for young people to see different kinds of relationships, see people trusting each other and building each other up. We didn’t get spoken to like that.
‘Love is in the air, there’s hope!’
The 30-year-old continued: ‘I think society just grows and we’ll always look back and think how come they never spoke about that? That’s happened a lot with mental health and being in the Black community, we knew our experience so we might look back and think no one was talking about mental health in the Black community or no one was talking about Black love in a certain way.
‘Definitely from a Black lens and you start forming your own awareness on it as a Black adult, you get an idea of what you think messaging wise of what needs to be promoted to the generation to come.’
Fresh from his engagement, George, real name George Mpanga, is full of positivity right now and hoping to inspire young children to get creative during the pandemic.
He’s one of six poets, authors and artists from across the globe taking part in Nokia’s Short Moving Stories (SMS) campaign and has created a series of poems.
George explained: ‘They’re about the broad experiences we have in life whether that’s family or hope, thinking about what we do for work, the role of phones – I just tried to keep it as relatable as possible.
‘When I was growing up, I was a rapper and that was my first introduction to poetry… I used that to explore what was happening in my society, how I felt and what I wanted people to remember about me. I really would encourage that for more young people.’
He added: ‘I’m seeing that more and more. I was on a call with three young people who beautifully reflected what they’ve been going through in lockdown. So I celebrate that.’
George has a lot going for the rest of 2021 with a wedding to plan, new episodes of his BBC podcast Have You Heard George’s Podcast? and, oh you know, just studying for a PhD.
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